Unfortunately/fortunately, I don't speak fluent American. So I need help from Americans in explaining the following article to me. http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-things-rich-people-need-to-stop-saying/ http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-things-rich-people-need-to-stop-saying_p2/ At the end of this article the author doesn't seem to know the difference between government and society so I laughed it off as yet another American (albeit somebody who's nearly forty and has worked as a bureaucrat) mired in hopeless ignorance. But then I thought about the article entire and realised that it doesn't really add up. Let's take the point he made in #1 and compare it to the one he made in #3. In #1 he says that government is society and society is government. He says that rich people need to fork over their money to the government instead of, say, actually contributing to society. In #3 he gives to major examples of fictional rich people, Batman and Scrooge, who are deemed "good" in his eyes. Yet both Batman and Scrooge are famous for not only not giving government their money but also, in the case of Batman, being anti-government. Since being a vigilante is the most anti-government thing you can be since it defeats the whole purpose of government in the first place which is to provide "protection." Yet, apparently, the way to help society is to give money to an organisation that is currently waging countless wars against mankind, waging various wars against its own citizens, is horribly corrupt, inefficient and universally hated. That's not all. In #4 he makes the point that there aren't enough resources to go around and in #6 he insinuates (or outright states, I can't tell) that the poor will never be content, no matter how much help or money you give them. In #2 he clearly states that everybody's beholden to consumers (in other words the economic representation of society) rather than the government. There's probably a few others I can't remember at this point. Some of his other articles are seemingly full of contradictions and obvious sarcasm so/yet I can't make heads or tails of this. Although the article has given me an awesome idea: every tax payer should spend their money on tax deductible things like business or charity (thus actually contributing to society, instead of giving their money to the mafia that is the US government) and see how long it takes before the government closes these "tax loopholes."